WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Veterans Center's 15th Annual Conference is taking place October 25-27 in Washington, D.C. at the United States Navy Memorial. The event serves as the nation's premier gathering of military heroes and honors those who have served and sacrificed as we approach Veterans Day 2012. The conference will feature veterans and active duty service members who have taken part in the defining moments of American military history, from World War II to today, telling their stories and sharing the hard lessons they've learned with the nation's future leaders and the public.
Highlights of this years conference include:
- Recipients of the Medal of Honor, including Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, the first living recipient of our nation's highest honor from operations in Afghanistan.
- The surviving veterans of the legendary Doolittle Raid on Tokyo.
- Former Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Generals Colin Powell and Richard Myers.
- Heroes of the Battle of Midway, 70 years later.
- Acclaimed veterans from the Korean War and the Vietnam War, commemorating the 60th and 50th anniversaries of the conflicts.
- Veterans of D-Day, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, the Battle of the Bulge, and others from our "Greatest Generation."
- A LIVE conversation with troops on the front lines in Afghanistan.
- A rare and exclusive appearance by active duty U.S. Navy SEALs.
- An appearance by George Mendonsa and Greta Friedman, recently identified through extensive research as the "sailor and nurse" in the famed "VJ Day in Times Square" kiss photo.
Special events during the three day gathering include:
- A very special opening event, "The Wounded Warrior Experience," featuring the inspiring stories of our nation's wounded heroes hosted by Fox News journalist Jennifer Griffin.
- An exclusive reception at the historic Army & Navy Club in downtown Washington, D.C.
- The AVC's annual signature event: the American Veterans Center's Awards - honoring heroes from the "Greatest Generation" to today's "Next Greatest" generation.
Follow @AVCupdate and #AVC2012 on Twitter for updates ahead of and during the conference. To request a full schedule of events or register, please e-mail AVC@americanveteranscenter.org, visit our website at http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/annual-conference/schedule-of-eventsooct1/ or call 703-302-1012 ext. 227.
About the American Veterans Center
The mission of the American Veterans Center is to guard the legacy and honor the sacrifice of all America's veterans and active duty service personnel from World War II through today. A non-profit educational organization, the Center and its programs are funded solely through generous contributions from people like you. All contributions are tax-deductable. The AVC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
SOURCE American Veterans Center